Dihlabeng leading league

2015-08-26 06:01
EYE ON THE BALL: Khosi Miya of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality’s netball team with the ball, with netball players of the Tokologo Local Municipality keeping a close eye on her during the netball games at the Bethlehem New Hall.  
Tladi Mol

EYE ON THE BALL: Khosi Miya of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality’s netball team with the ball, with netball players of the Tokologo Local Municipality keeping a close eye on her during the netball games at the Bethlehem New Hall. Photo: Tladi Mol

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BETHLEHEM. – The netball team of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality is sitting at the top of the Provincial Club Development League table with 12 points after they won all four the games they had played on Saturday (22/08) in Bohlokong, Bethlehem.

They are equal to the team of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, who is in second place, also with 12 points – the two top teams are only separated by goal difference. The team of the Tswelopele Municipality is third with nine points.

Saturday was a big day with the netball squads from all the municipalities in the Free State coming together in Bohlokong to compete in the provincial development league.

The league started in all the towns last month. After that each municipality had to assemble a squad to compete on provincial level.

George Tshabalala, the Free State deputy director of community sport responsible for club development, said the aim of the league was to promote netball.

“We want women to play because netball is the only code which is dominated by them,” said Tshabalala.

“We scheduled the tournament for Women’s Month and we agreed as the organisers to host the game in the Dihlabeng Municipality this weekend.

“All the teams played four games on the day.”

He said at the end of the day the team that finished at the top of the league was announced.

“We wanted to know which team finished top so that when we visit the next municipality we would know which municipality was leading the race.”

Tshabalala said the teams were playing in their own towns every weekend, but they made sure that the provincial contest was hosted once a month.

“We transported all the teams, making sure that all the municipalities were represented at the games. We also gave them playing kits.”

Tshabalala said they were hoping to produce professional netball players who would represent the province at national level.

“I won’t say we are fully happy with the standard of netball in the province. We have tried to solve some of the problems within the sporting code. We know that there were many problems in the administration.”

He said they realised that a shortage of facilities had been a problem for the development of netball. He said they have, however, worked hard to make sure that they address some of the challenges.

“We visited all the municipalities to check what the problems were. We are still working on those but we would love to invite out municipalities to help with the facilities,” Tshabalala pleaded

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